Scott White's last patrol was a little different than all the previous patrols he carried out during his 41.5 years with the Amherst Police Department. It involved family, presentations and an emotional final walk home.
During his final hours on duty on June 26 friends, family, co-workers gathered in the Francis Smith Room at the Amherst police station to wish him well.
Scott took a moment to pose for a picture with Chief Ian Naylor and Deputy-chief Dwayne Pike. Between them, they have more than 91 years service with the Amherst Police Department. All three were recognized by the Town of Amherst the night before, Scott for 41.5 years, Ian for 30 years and Dwayne for 20 years of dedicated service
Scott received accolades for his dedicated service from co-workers, the town, his fellow union members and Amherst Police Department's management team
Scott even had the opportunity to get a bite of pizza, one of his favourite meals, and have a chat with retired Amherst police sergeant Gary Tower before cutting his retirement cake.
Scott's last "official duty" was to help Chief Ian Naylor promote Sgt. Tim White to staff sergeant. Tim is the second person in the history of the department to hold the rank. Scott was the first.
When the presentations were complete, Scott spent some time with his family filling in his the last few minutes of his shift. Little did he know...
As Scott was spending those final moments of his shift with his family, his co-workers and members of the Amherst Fire Department were lining up for one last tribute.
Scott was greeted at the top of the street by Staff Sgt. Tim Hunter
Police officers and firefighters lined the road to shake Scott's hand
Others lined the street to salute the staff sergeant
Some even gave Scott a hug.
As he walked up the street, a large group began following him. There were more handshakes and salutes
Then Scott received a final salute and handshake from Chief Ian Naylor
Scott then posed for a group picture with his peers.
Members of the Amherst Police Department, Amherst Fire Department, Town Council and Town Staff all wish you a long and happy retirement Scott. Enjoy it, you've earned it.